Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I Love Bananas!

I love bananas, but even more ones that I planted and have taken care of for the last year. I now get to enjoy the fruit of my labor. I have the small bananas right now that are ripening each day. They are hanging on my porch.

Cutting the bananas off the tree with a machete.
Bananas ready to hang and wait for ripening. 
The Bible talks so much about sowing and reaping, that it is so neat to see this come to fruition. I have sowed banana plants, and now have reaped the fruits of my labor and have fresh bananas everyday for a couple of days.
My bananas hanging on my porch
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
Galatians 6:7-10

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

Today was very blessed. I got up at 3:50am to start making preparations for our sunrise service at church. We started the service about 5:40am with prayer and praise. It was a cloudy day, so sadly we didn't get to see the sun rise. We finished up about 6:30 and a nice breakfast together as a congregation. We ate breakfast casserole, beans, fruit, juice and coffee. It was so much food that I couldn't eat it all. Then we had our regular service and finished up about 9:30am.
Everyone ready to start the service.

The hike up to the top.

Singing praises.
After church, I went home and made a squash casserole for Easter lunch before heading to the missionary church service. Wonderful sermon with wonderful music. Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Thankful for the life I have in Christ's resurrection.
Decorating a wooden cross with flowers...a missionary tradition here.

Beautiful finished product.
I had lunch with several of the single ladies who are here right now, some short term and some long term, and 2 of the Honduran girls from the girls home. It was a delightful lunch filled with good food and good fellowship. (sorry, forgot my camera, no pictures)
Then came back and watched the little ones from the children's center do an Easter egg hunt. They would find an egg and stop and eat the candy. They didn't get the concept that you are supposed to look for all you can find and then sit down and eat the candy. It was fun to watch. 

If you didn't get candy, you got a little tiny toy chick. :)

showing off her candy.

Team came!

I had a wonderful time with my team a couple of weeks ago. They worked on fixing up the casitas (sanctuary housing) here at Hospital Loma de Luz. I live in one of the 6 casitas and so, they got to work in my house too. We also had lunch at my house two days on my porch. I got to work with them on Friday, which was a lot of fun. :)
Outside staff housing before leaving for church on Sunday.

Painting the bars for the windows.

Break for Baleadas

Nancy putting up curtains.

The kids from children's center helping Ralph to sand doors.

Lars and Tim working in the bodega (workshop) making the bunkbeds for 2 casitas.

Team after a full day of work on Friday...in front of one of the casitas. 
I can't wait to hear all the stories from this year of how God worked in everyone's lives. Thanks for all you guys did while you were here. I was very blessed by you guys this year.